A vehicle fire continues to cause large traffic problems Tuesday morning for people heading east out of Winnipeg.

Several callers to the radio station report a semi was on fire in the eastbound lanes of Highway 1 early Tuesday. The fire continues to smoulder and is on its side.

The vehicle is just east of the floodway bridge and it along with emergency vehicles are blocking all eastbound lanes approaching Deacon's Corner.

Callers say that traffic currently headed eastbound is being turned around once getting over the floodway. Traffic is extremely backed up as a result.

One caller says at least 200 vehicles are lined up on the highway in the eastbound lanes.

Motorists should avoid the area and plan alternate routes until further notice.